We’re excited to welcome three new members to the Switzer Foundation’s Board of Trustees this year: Michael Billingsley, Ekow Edzie and Roger Perez. This month we’re happy to highlight Ekow Edzie!
What motivated you to become a Switzer Foundation trustee?
I was inspired by my experience serving on the Fellows Advisory Committee (FAC). I joined the FAC seeking an opportunity to give back to the foundation out of gratitude for the incredible community I have found through the network and the doors that the fellowship opened for me. During my tenure on the FAC, I gained a new level of appreciation for the dedication, humility, and open-mindedness of the Switzer staff and trustees, as well as a renewed sense of awe for the incredible work that members of the Switzer Network advance around the world.
What inspires you about the Switzer Network?
I am inspired by the dedication of Switzer Fellows and the spirit of mutual support that seems to permeate the Switzer community. I love seeing the range of projects that fellows are working on and the creativity that fellows bring to their work, consistently finding new angles to address thorny environmental challenges. I am also inspired by the humility of Switzer Fellows and fellows' motivation to connect and collaborate.
What unique perspectives or experiences will you contribute to the Switzer Foundation board?
As the foundation asks hard questions about how to best meet the needs of the future, I hope to be able to leverage the skillset I developed as a mediator to help the board approach these questions thoughtfully and with an eye towards incorporating a diverse set of perspectives. My perspective and approach to serving on the board will also be influenced by my experience serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and my broad experience living and working internationally. Through these experiences I have learned to (try to) approach challenges with an open mind and to listen first.